EMM worker finds his heart among Karen people

Jun 11, 2015 by and

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions worker Sean FitzGerald finds himself deeply impacted by his recent service among and ongoing relationships with Karen refugees from Myanmar, formerly Burma, living...

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Ordeal steels Ukrainian’s faith, resolve

Jun 8, 2015 by and

When war broke out in eastern Ukraine, Vlad Makhovskiy decided he could not just sit home and watch what was happening. He would help. This choice would lead to his kidnapping. Makhovskiy, who runs a small...

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Climate of discontent

Jun 8, 2015 by

A friend told me about a conversation with a colleague who said, “You seem to have a bee in your bonnet about racism and violence against blacks. We all have the same opportunity, so let’s just move on.”...

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Listening, while the winds blow as they may

Jun 8, 2015 by

“Forbearance” is buzzing around in our Mennonite Church USA conversations. The dictionary defines it as “patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.” Will forbearance become more than jargon? How...

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Step of faith leads to ministry of accompaniment

Jun 8, 2015 by and

Anton Flores-Maisonet left his tenure-track faculty position at LaGrange (Ga.) College in 2008 for a risk-taking venture of faith that would lead him, his wife, Charlotte, and their family into a life of...

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An ironic unity

Jun 8, 2015 by

There’s an emerging consensus among Mennonite congregations these days, especially among those at polar opposites on issues related to homosexuality. The congregations at the extremes are united in their...

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Opinion: It’s good to be nobody

Jun 8, 2015 by

Amos Hershey Leaman was the first Mennonite at Chicago Theological Seminary. He graduated in 1915, smitten by the vision of good, white Protestants. They taught immigrants, went into cities, spoke out on...

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The politics of the Bible

Jun 8, 2015 by

The authors of this book are friends of mine. I have long admired their commitment to the Christian task of peacemaking and vigorous activism for social justice. In this volume they invite us “to read the...

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Honest imperfection

Jun 8, 2015 by

Rumor has it the church is a place for people who’ve got their act together. People who will tell you how well everything is going. People who think pretty highly of themselves. We can see where this rumor...

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Sleeping on a bed of ivory

Jun 8, 2015 by

Economic inequality has grown in the United States since the 1970s. It will be an issue in the next political cycle. How shall we deal with the word of a prophet from the working class who heaps condemnation...

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Tours build support for Israel-Palestine resolution

Jun 8, 2015 by and

Joy Sutter of Salford (Pa.) Mennonite Church didn’t fully understand the Israel-Palestine conflict until she visited the region last year. “I needed to see the oppressive wall, hear the stories of the...

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Easy talk, tough walk

Jun 8, 2015 by

As Mennonite Church USA delegates prepare for this summer’s convention in Kansas City, Mennonites on social media are demonstrating passion for conversations around forbearance and the Membership Guidelines....

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Caught in the middle, leaders have a hard task

Jun 8, 2015 by

I have known James M. Lapp since we were children; of Bishop John E. Lapp’s sons, he was the closest to my age. In 1994, Southside Fellowship in Elkhart, Ind., accepted me as a gay member and subsequently...

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MB baseball teams reach World Series

Jun 8, 2015 by

Both U.S. Mennonite Breth­ren colleges’ baseball teams reached their respective World Series this season. Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University won its second consecutive National Christian College Association...

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No corner on peace

Jun 8, 2015 by

I used to think Mennonites and a few other Western historic peace churches such as Brethren and Friends had a corner on peace. Other Christians just didn’t get it. This was our distinctive, just as speaking...

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Canadian MBs mourn Bethany College’s closing

Jun 8, 2015 by and

HEPBURN, Sask. — Bethany College’s 88th graduation April 26 was bittersweet with remembrance of the school’s impact on Mennonite Breth­­ren young people. The college’s board decided in December the...

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Bethel’s 2015 issue of ‘Mennonite Life’ available now

Jun 8, 2015 by

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — Two major sections of articles in the annual issue of Mennonite Life, now live, deal with the life and legacy of Vincent Harding and with ongoing issues surrounding theologian John...

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Messes left by horses put Amish in conflict with law

Jun 1, 2015 by and

An Amish community near Auburn, Ky., is at odds with a municipal ordinance compelling animal owners to clean up excrement left on streets and public property. Multiple members of the community were cited for...

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Going a third way at Penn State

Jun 1, 2015 by and

The newest pastor at University Mennonite Church in State College, Pa., never seems to be in the actual church building, and the advisory team that relates to him doesn’t mind. In what is likely the first...

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Children’s home a Fortress of Hope

May 29, 2015 by and

In 2008, members of Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Hartville, Ohio, turned $1,000 into $13,000 — and it launched a new mission trajectory. According to Myron Weaver, the pastor at that time, each family was...

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